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‘Love, Simon’ is heartwarming & honest

By Paulina Lopez
Times-News correspondent

   ”Love, Simon” is funny, heartwarming and refreshingly honest.
Based on the young adult novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” is a story about a 16-year-old boy named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson).
Through the one-hour, 50-minute-long film, audiences will laugh at Simon’s awkwardness and later cry alongside him through his journey of coming out. “Love, Simon” is the first romantic comedy released by a major studio that features a gay teen protagonist and it does an amazing job of portraying the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community in a positive way.
The movie starts with Simon talking about how “normal” everything in his life appears to be, except for one huge secret — he’s gay. The “normal” that is constantly mentioned at the beginning of the movie shows the audience how even in the most loving and accepting environments, people can still fear coming out. Simon had been keeping this secret to himself for years, but one day he confides in another boy from his school, who he meets online and goes by the pseudonym, “Blue.”
Perhaps one of the most important moments in the film was when Simon finally sits down and has a talk with his mother (Jennifer Garner) and it feels like she is speaking to every teen who has ever struggled to accept themselves. This was especially important because not only does the movie show the fear teens often have of not being accepted by others, but it also shows the struggle teens go through to accept themselves.
The importance of “Love, Simon” is shown in multiple stories by both adults and teens who shared how the movie inspired them. This riveting coming-of-age film paves the way for more representation in the media by making history and inspiring audiences.

Paulina Lopez is a junior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & 20s writer.


Rewriting the stars: New musical reshapes rags-to-riches story

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark
Times-News correspondent

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This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman in a scene from "The Greatest Showman." [Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Fox via The Associated Press

   Despite a reportedly inaccurate portrayal,   award-winning actor and Broadway star Hugh   Jackman delivers an outstanding performance   as P.T. Barnum, the creator of the first circus,     in the film “The Greatest Showman.”
The story  follows Barnum as he rises from a homeless, hungry orphan to a famed ringmaster. Inspired  only by his own imagination, Barnum  searches for the oddest of the odd  and  puts them on show for the world to see.  In  the mid-1800s, circus “sideshows” were new and strange, and people were unsure of   whether to love or fear them. As he navigates   his new life, tries to find time for his family,   fends off protestors, and tries not to lose sight   of his dream, Barnum learns who his read more…


’47 Meters’ is intense, action-packed

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent

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Mandy Moore, left, and Claire Holt pose for a portrait at the "47 Meters Down" junket at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. [Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/The Associated Press

“47 Meters Down” is a thrilling depiction of the horrors that accompany a recreational activity in paradise gone wrong. This realistic fiction film is guaranteed to leave all viewers on the edge of their seats with a racing heart rate.
Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) relax on an exotic vacation on the coast of Mexico. Just days after being dumped by her boyfriend who claimed that she was too boring and lackluster, Lisa sought adventure that would prove herself to her ex as bold and dauntless. Although the movie’s beginning is considerably predictable and rather shallow, the plot intensifies as the two siblings embark on a deep-sea encounter with some of the most dangerous oceanic dwellers — great white sharks.
Suspense is established as the girls travel farther and farther from the shore on a rusty boat that seems highly unprofessional. But when everything goes awry, the once-fascinating encounter turns out to be an inescapable nightmare for the sisters, scared for their lives. They soon find themselves helpless and alone, 47 meters below the ocean’s surface, read more…


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